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The causes, explanations, or justifications for an action or event
Plural for a false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason
“It merely serves as a pretext to whip the country into a war frenzy and to justify the insertion of large numbers of troops.”
Plural for a deceptive or insincere outward appearance
“The mugging was merely the pretext for heavy-duty flirting between a dishy detective and Keelin, the lovelorn physiotherapist.”
Plural for a lie or falsehood, or the act of lying or concocting a falsehood
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Plural for a reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offense
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Plural for a pretense or stratagem
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Plural for an ambiguity or inadequacy in a set of rules that can be potentially exploited
To employ a pretext for soliciting the gain of something else
“Witherow also admitted that his paper tried to pretext details of Brown's mortgage by calling the bank and posing as the former prime minister.”
To provide an acceptable explanation for
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